UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 4

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 4
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April 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 35 points lower at 7,384 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, while FTSE 100 futures .FFIc1 were down 0.33 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* INTU: British shopping centre operator Intu Properties INTUP.L on Thursday appointed Finance Chief Matthew Roberts as its chief executive officer in place of David Fischel, who decided to step down after 18 years at the helm. MOTHERCARE: Baby products retailer Mothercare Plc MTC.L said on Thursday that quarterly UK like-for-like sales fell 8 percent and it expects its British and some international market conditions to "remain challenging". SAGA: Saga Plc SAGAG.L on Thursday forecast lower annual underlying pretax profit and cut its dividend as the over-50s tourism and insurance firm struggles to keep up in a competitive motor and home insurance sector. HOMESERVE: British home repairs provider Homeserve Plc HSV.L said on Thursday it expected full-year adjusted pretax profit to be at the upper end of market expectations and "significantly ahead" of last year as its U.S. customer base continues to grow. AQUIS EXCHANGE: Britain's Financial Conduct Authority is expected to match a European Union share trading ban under a no-deal Brexit, the chief executive of Aquis Exchange AQX.L said on Wednesday. BARCLAYS: Barclays BARC.L said the head of its private bank in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Francesco Grosoli, has decided to leave the bank after 12 years, the latest senior departure from the lender following the exit of its investment bank chief last week. GOLD: Gold gained on Thursday, supported by an easing dollar as investors awaited progress on the ongoing Sino-U.S. trade negotiations after reports showed that both sides were nearing a deal. OIL: Oil prices were mixed on Thursday, with Brent edging higher towards the psychologically important $70 level after easing in the previous session on data showing a surprise build in U.S. inventories. EX-DIVS: DIRECT LINE DLGD.L , FERGUSON FERG.L , HIKMA HIK.L , LLOYDS BNK GRP LLOY.L , MELROSE IND MRON.L , PEARSON PSON.L , ST JAMESS PLACE SJP.L , SMITH (DS) SMDS.L , SMITHS GROUP SMIN.L , SMITH & NEPHEW SN.L and TAYLOR WIMPEY TW.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 11 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. The UK blue-chip index closed 0.37 percent higher at 7,418.28 on Wednesday as prospect of a further delay to Brexit eased some fears of a disruptive no-deal departure and sparked a rally in homebuilders and banks. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/


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